Videos

A collection of videos of public lectures given by scientists and scholars at the Institute for Advanced Study, as well as material that provides additional context about our distinct environment and mission. A complete resource of IAS videos is available at this portal and on our YouTube channel. 

On March 13, the Institute celebrated the publication of The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge (Princeton University Press), which features IAS Founding Director...

The difference a year at the Institute can make. In 2012–13, Lucas Bessire and Laurence Ralph met while Members in the School of Social Science. Working closely with...

Latin America’s move in recent decades to greater levels of democracy and economic development are undermined by weak institutions, corruption, and the lure of populism. While it is a zone of peace with no international hostilities or

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In this video, Robert E. Lerner, Professor Emeritus of History at Northwestern University and former Member in the School of Historical Studies, ...

In this video, David Lang, Institute for Advanced Study's Artist-in-Residence, speaks about musical structure, conventions, and those who push the boundaries of...

In this public lecture, Bill Browder, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hermitage Capital Management, gives a firsthand critical analysis of the Russian economy–—particularly the absence of the rule of law–—laden with insights derived from...

Benjamin Elman, Gordon Wu ’58 Professor of Chinese Studies at Princeton University and former Mellon Visiting Professor (1999-2001) in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute,...

In 1916, social theorist Thorstein Veblen called for the post-war institution of “academic houses of refuge... where teachers and students of all nationalities, including Americans with the rest, may pursue their chosen work.” In 1923,...

In this public lecture, Jonathan Israel, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, discusses the American Revolution and its enormous, but bitterly divisive impact on European (and Canadian and Latin America) political thought and...

Angelos Chaniotis, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, discusses the night, whose definition as the period between sunset and sunrise is consistent and unalterable, regardless of culture and time. However, the perception of the night...

Kristen Ghodsee, Member (2006–07) in the School of Social Science and President of the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study, investigates the contemporary European memory projects about World War II and the Cold War. Since...

In 2016, Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor in the School of Mathematics, celebrates his sixtieth birthday. The Institute for Advanced Study hosted a conference in honor of this occasion from October 5 through October 8, 2016, with...